Demolition Man

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The plot of this action film begins in 1996, with Los Angeles in a violence-crazed conflagration. One of the LAPD's most notorious cops, John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone), known as the demolition man, is in hot pursuit of blonde-haired psychopath Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes), who is so nasty he even kills sometimes just because he feels cranky. John captures Simon, but not before Simon kills innocent hostages. John is blamed for the deaths of the hostages, and both he and Simon are cryogenically frozen to remove their brand of ultra-violence from a society that is simply just too violent. The film shifts to the future world of 2032, where Los Angeles has become a megalopolis called San Angeles. There is no poverty, Arnold Schwarzenegger was (at one time) president of the United States, and Taco Bell is the sole survivor of the Franchise Wars. Into this peaceful and bland society, Simon is summarily defrosted by reigning benevolent dictator Dr. Cocteau (Nigel Hawthorne) to have Simon murder Edgar Friendly (Denis Leary), the leader of a group of underground rebels. But Cocteau bites off more than he can chew when the melted-down Simon proceeds to go on a murder-and-looting spree. Reluctantly, Cocteau defrosts John to hunt down his old adversary. As John adjusts to self-driving cars and having sex wearing helmets, he pairs up with Lenina Huxley (Sandra Bullock), a bored cop with a nostalgic fascination for 20th-century culture.~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide


  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Wesley Snipes
  • Sandra Bullock
  • Nigel Hawthorne
  • Benjamin Bratt
  • Bob Gunton
  • Glenn Shadix
  • Denis Leary
  • Grand L. Bush
  • Pat Skipper

Did You Know?


  • Many of the cars in the movie were prototypes of future models, supplied by General Motors. Only two modern-day GM vehicles were seen in this movie, a 1970 Oldsmobile 442 (from the golden age of the muscle car era) and a 1982 Buick Skylark (based on the 1980-85 GM X platform which was GM's first mass market front wheel drive automobiles (replacing the 1962-79 rear wheel drive X platform) which sold poorly when the company's J platform outsold it (alongside the redesigned midsize A platform which went to front wheel drive in 1982 where a variant (W platform) has remained in production until the 2016 model year), the front wheel drive X platform was replaced with the subsequent N and L platforms (which were consolidated into the GMX130 in 1997, now replaced with the Epsilon platform since 2005).
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  • Several times during the movie, Simon Phoenix's shoulder pads (one side resembles an ATV tire) switch sides. Not only that, but Phoenix has two different color eyes - left blue and right brown - which also switch sides.
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    • John Spartan: Send a maniac to catch one.
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Yes, this film is worse than Cliffhanger, Stallone's last venture into chaos.

Metacritic review by James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli

Demolition Man is sleek and empty as well as brutal and pointless.

Metacritic review by Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone